University Council

The University Council is Deakin's governing body. It sets the University’s strategic direction and ensures that the appropriate plans are in place for Deakin to achieve its goals.

The role of the University Council

The primary responsibilities of the Council include:

  • appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice-Chancellor as Chief Executive Officer of Deakin
  • approving the mission and strategic direction of Deakin and its annual budget and business plan
  • overseeing and reviewing the management of Deakin and its performance
  • establishing policy and procedural principles for the operation of Deakin consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
  • overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across Deakin
  • overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of Deakin
  • approving significant commercial activities and systems of control and accountability.

Members of the University Council

Standing L-R:

Sitting L-R:

Official members

Members appointed by government

  • Carol Boyer-Spooner
    Member of Council appointed by the Minister
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2016
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2021
  • Miranda Douglas-Crane
    Initial date of appointment: 24 September 2013
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2021
  • Nino Ficca
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2021
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2023
  • Dr Lyn Roberts AO
    Initial date of appointment: 1 April 2017
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2023
  • Ryan Leemon
    Initial date of appointment: 1 July 2019
    Expiry of current term of office: 30 June 2022

Members appointed by Council

  • Stephen Bubb
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2019
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2021
  • Richard Carr
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2019
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2021
  • Kathy Grigg
    Deputy Chancellor
    Initial date of appointment: 8 September 2009
    Expiry of current term of office: 30 June 2021
  • Stuart Hamilton AO
    Initial date of appointment: 24 September 2013
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2021
  • Philippa Kelly
    Deputy Chancellor
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2010
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2021

Members elected to Council

  • Professor Catherine Bennett
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2021
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2023
  • Tiarnan Cleary
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2021
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2021

Contact the Council Secretariat

Council Secretary
Dr Glenn Nicholls
+61 3 9246 8242
Email the Council Secretary

Executive Officer, Council
Rachel Haynes
+61 3 5227 8913